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August 16

My jeans, they're not hip enough..

I have a bunch of kinda baggy Levis with the right color (no distressing and comfort). Since I bought them (well just 3 years ago), styles have changed and I've moved to Brooklyn. I'd like to tailor these so that they're less baggy and don't scrunch up (I'm not opposed to rolling, but doesn't seem to work). Is a original hem jean tailor make sense?
posted by sandmanwv to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 1:07 PM - 5 answers

Help me be a better informed opponent of Islamophobia.

I encounter Islamophobia either in media or in actual conversations with people on occasion, and I feel out of my depth in responding. I understand that practicing Muslims are a diverse group across many dozens of countries, cultures, and political viewpoints, but beyond that I need some help. What are some sources for learning? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 to Religion & Philosophy at 11:43 AM - 7 answers

How do I finish this dollhouse?

I am making a dollhouse for my kids out of plywood and the building part is almost done. What do I do about staining and protecting it? Pics. [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 11:17 AM - 4 answers

What is this emotional-relational process called?

I am embarrassed that I don't know the answer but the Hive Mind is very smart. I trust you to help me figure out what this problem or process around emotion and communication is called so I can deal with it better. [more inside]
posted by crunchy potato to Human Relations at 10:05 AM - 23 answers

You're a delicate flower. You got in shape. Tell me about yourself.

I'm a couch potato at heart, but I'm interested in working out and getting in actually good shape. Trouble is, every time I've really set out to commit to an activity that I like, I've injured myself, spent a month or two in physical therapy, and stopped exercising. Can you recommend a strategy or an activity for me that will stretch me physically, but won't injure my apparently fragile self? Details and snowflakes within. [more inside]
posted by fast ein Maedchen to Health & Fitness at 9:29 AM - 27 answers

Question about the tearing down of Confederate monuments

I've got a friend who, like me, fully supports the long overdue dismantling of Confederate mounments across the country - especially after we learned that many of those monuments seem to have a suspicious correlation with Supreme Court decisions that further oppressed black people. She believes that antifa and allied orgs should expand their targets to include Jefferson, Jackson, and the rest of the American Heroes crew that's got an awful lot of blood on their hands. How do I explain to her that this is going to send the wrong message, though?
posted by speedgraphic to Society & Culture at 8:28 AM - 15 answers

August 15

How to feel about room service upsetting my trip?

Should room service ever enter your room to pick up trays that may or may not exist, when they think no one is there? [more inside]
posted by Keysig to Travel & Transportation at 6:48 PM - 44 answers

Doesn't seem quite so whackadoodle anymore

Hopefully this should be an easy dunk. I'm looking for a series of forum posts that got some circulation about ten or so years back concerning civil war breaking out in the US around the 2010s. This seems sort of prescient now, as race battles were mentioned. The aftermath was a fractured group of republics. Some key ideas that might make this stick out were "shotgun brigades" in Florida and then the truck/mobile internet system that replaces the destroyed grid). [more inside]
posted by Burhanistan to Computers & Internet at 11:27 AM - 2 answers

How do I find T-Shirts that fit like... some of my other T-Shirts?

I started working out a year or so ago, and my formerly-scrawny upper body has noticably changed shape as a result. This has created a pretty stark divide among my former T-Shirts, all of which felt much the same before this started - two in particular are now outrageously flattering, while most are now uncomfortable to wear (usually tight at the front of the neck) or look slightly silly. [more inside]
posted by piato to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 11:19 AM - 6 answers

How do I prevent losing friends as soon as I make them?

I have always been an introverted, shy person (also moderately anxious) and have always had issues with keeping friends. In my past, I've been pretty good at making friends fast but not good at keeping them. I think it’s because I open up to people really easily, I am nice, I am a decent conversationalist, and some people have said I can be really funny and fun to be around. [more inside]
posted by koolaidnovel to Human Relations at 11:14 AM - 7 answers

Identify This Vintage Toy

This toy dog looks so familiar, and yet...I can't remember what he is called. Google isn't helping and friends recognize it but also can't remember the name.
posted by 41swans to Grab Bag at 10:26 AM - 3 answers

Just to be abundantly clear, there is no porn stash

I've inadvertently created the impression that I have contraband hidden in our house. Help me lean into that with suggestions for things I could hide around the place that appear illicit at first (and maybe second) glance but are actually entirely innocent. [more inside]
posted by VoltairePerkins to Human Relations at 8:53 AM - 28 answers

What's a good gift for my superstar summer intern?

My summer intern's last day is Thursday. I'll be offering references since he knocked the job out of the park in his time here. Additionally, I'll be getting him a card and would like to get him a nice small parting gift of...something. [more inside]
posted by prewar lemonade to Grab Bag at 8:08 AM - 8 answers

August 14

YANMA (you are not my accountant), but...

I'm a freelancer/independent contractor, and a dual U.S./Canadian citizen. I now make money from clients in both countries, deposited to bank accounts in both countries. How the heck should I approach taxes? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn to Work & Money at 11:46 PM - 7 answers

come on and zoom zoom zoom a zoom

Do you like your telephoto lens for an iPhone 6+? I'm a little overwhelmed by the online choices and by the divergent opinions in the ratings. So I'm hoping for some tried and true or otherwise fairly solid recs here. [more inside]
posted by flourpot to Technology at 9:17 PM - 4 answers

Where to find eclipse glasses in Seattle?

I have come to terms with the fact that the eclipse glasses I ordered online are never going to arrive. I am struggling to find them locally (Seattle, WA). Is there anywhere that definitely has some in stock? [more inside]
posted by Behemoth, in no. 302-bis, with the Browning to Science & Nature at 7:23 PM - 12 answers

Teach me to dye curtains and un-grayscale my house

I have light gray curtains. (How) can I successfully dye them a color like a vibrant marigold orange or golden yellow? If that's not possible, what about a turquoise or a cobalt? I think they are a natural fabric like cotton or linen, but I'm not sure. How do I find out what fabric they're made of so I can select the correct kind of dye? And, to help match the color scheme, what color should I paint the fireplace mantle? [more inside]
posted by cnidaria to Home & Garden at 6:41 PM - 19 answers

Olive + tea tree oil: what else can I do with it?

A while ago I mixed a little tea tree oil into maybe a cup and a half of olive oil (non-extra-virgin). You were supposed to wash your face with it. I tried that and didn't like it, and now I've had this bottle of oil sitting in my shower for months. What else can I do with it, especially without putting it on my body? (The googlenets say to put it on my hair... *shrug*?)
posted by Alioth to Grab Bag at 5:43 PM - 7 answers

Another please help me find this book from my past question

I am looking for a book I read when I was in primary school. I have always thought the title was Sister, but the name is too vague to bring up any good matches on Google or book sites. Read in Australia between 1990 - 1995. [more inside]
posted by Youremyworld to Grab Bag at 5:40 PM - 3 answers

"Diabolically" difficult clue about a current news story

In my daughter's AP Government class over the summer, her instructor is posting little clues to help her class know which news stories they should be aware of. Most of them have been relatively simple, like "Oh Lordy," "Mooch," "Fire and Fury," etc But they have different levels, and the most difficult one, posted on 8/4, was simply "49 48 23" [more inside]
posted by visual mechanic to Law & Government at 1:15 PM - 8 answers

Family question re siblings

Mrs. L’s two grand nieces (A. aged 11) and (S. aged 14) are back home with their mother from staying with their father for the summer break. This has been happening for the last several years with no problems. However, A. (previously very much a Mommy’s girl) now says she is unhappy and wants to return to live with her father. [more inside]
posted by lungtaworld to Human Relations at 12:48 PM - 11 answers

Short podcasts for a road trip

I want to listen to podcasts that have a definite beginning and ending. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom to Media & Arts at 12:31 PM - 9 answers

How to share a chair

I need to work in a very specific chair due to some medical concerns. I spent many years of trial and error, research and money finding an ergonomic solution which culminated in the purchase of a special chair years before I met my partner. When partner and I initially moved into together, I was the only person who used this chair. Then, little by little, they began using the chair for their own work when I wasn't around -- and now they insist on sharing it even when I am around. I actually need this chair for medical reasons and I feel that it is "mine". They think the chair is now "ours". How do we proceed? [more inside]
posted by Gray Skies to Human Relations at 10:12 AM - 48 answers

Should I tell you I don't remember who you are?

I'm fairly physically distinctive, and as such, people generally don't have a hard time remembering who I am/where they know me from. Unfortunately, in other places (e.g. on public sidewalks or in grocery stores) I don't always recognize them. Sometimes they start conversations with me. If you were the other party--you know who I am, I don't--what would you prefer that I do? Would you like me to admit this and ask for your name/context? Would you like me to pretend I recognize you and hope you'll drop some clues? Something in-between? [more inside]
posted by one for the books to Human Relations at 9:34 AM - 25 answers

Origin of "Overt/Covert White Supremacy" pyramid graphic?

Does anyone know who the original creator of this graphic going around social media is? I would prefer to be using/sharing it with proper attribution, but I'm having trouble tracking that down. I know I've seen it before this weekend, although it's making the rounds again in the wake of Charlottesville.
posted by naoko to Grab Bag at 8:42 AM - 7 answers

UsedCarFilter: EV? Hybrid? Diesel? Dunno. Please advise.

I drive about 500 miles per week, 75 miles minimum each way. Help me find a good used car choice. [more inside]
posted by OneSmartMonkey to Travel & Transportation at 7:56 AM - 8 answers

Go West, young man

I have a loose itinerary for a road trip from Milwaukee to Wyoming and Colorado. I want to run it by y'all to see if it's realistic or too ambitious, since I'll be solo (car) camping. Priorities for places to stay: quiet, DARK, scenic. Not interested in cities/town, food, or lodging. [more inside]
posted by AFABulous to Travel & Transportation at 7:25 AM - 14 answers

Is there any way to view / edit photo titles on iOS?

In on the Mac (and on you can add a title to a photo, which appears under the photo in grid view if you have that option turned on. There doesn’t seem to be any way to display or edit that information in the Photos app on the iPhone, but the data is definitely synced across, because you can use it to search for photos. Is there some trick that I’ve missed? Or more likely, is there a third party app that can do it? [more inside]
posted by Bloxworth Snout to Computers & Internet at 6:30 AM - 2 answers

August 13

Do most blind people keep their eyes open or closed?

I saw a video of Andrea Bocelli, and it looked like his eyes were closed the whole time. But a blind lady in my building keeps hers open (she is 100% blind, I know because I have had conversations with her about it). So what's the deciding factor ... I assume it's more of a natural/physical thing than a learned behavior? Does it have to do with blind-since-birth vs. once-sighted-now-blind? What are the factors behind this that I don't know about? No hidden agenda here, I am truly just curious.
posted by mccxxiii to Health & Fitness at 8:57 PM - 7 answers

Determining the ranking of a series of items?

I have a set of items that people have voted on and given a score out of 10. For the sake of discussion, let's say they're movies. What's the best way to use those votes to determine a list of the top 10 movies? [more inside]
posted by Proginoskes to Grab Bag at 4:35 PM - 8 answers

A question for the Liberian Cabal

I've been making it my goal to only read books by non-cishetwhitedudes this year. Yay for me! But I'm wondering, since I get most of my reading material from the library, is there any tangible impact on society? Besides adding my +1 to the amount of times these books are checked out, is there any greater significance? Do the authors get any benefits? Librarians, please let me know if checking out and reading books by women, people of colors, LGBTQ, etc is nothing more than screaming into the library void.
posted by Grandysaur to Media & Arts at 4:28 PM - 8 answers

Fun, "medium-fiddly" recipes that take less than 2 hours, all in?

I've been having a rough couple days, need to get off the internet, and would love to immerse myself in an engaging, fun, new dinner recipe that won't leave me frustrated and hungry. [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform to Food & Drink at 2:21 PM - 9 answers

VocabularyFilter: what does a dupe, mark or patsy do?

I need a word that describes an action taken by someone who has been tricked into participating in a scam, but who is neither intentionally participating nor directly affected by it. Think of a person who receives a misdirected package and is asked to send it on to the "proper" recipient. (The scam would be that the misdirected package is actually stolen, or contains contraband, or something like that.) [more inside]
posted by spacewrench to Writing & Language at 1:46 PM - 21 answers

Need suggestions for music to play for a candlelight vigil tonight

I'm running around trying to set up a local candlelight vigil tonight for Charlottesville. No luck so far finding anyone with a guitar or anything, so I'm trying to come up with a playlist for background music, etc. [more inside]
posted by MexicanYenta to Media & Arts at 12:37 PM - 11 answers

Brands/clothing types for "healthy" female body type?

I'm helping my girlfriend look for brands or styles that work well for her body type. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 11:51 AM - 11 answers

Your incredibly absorbing summer reads: omnivore edition

I need to distract myself from thoughts of the impending apocalypse and am looking for recommendations for books that you just couldn't put down. My tastes lean towards crime (true and fiction), psychological thrillers, mystery, politics, psychology etc. but I am pretty much open to anything these days, as long as it keeps me off Facebook and CNN. [more inside]
posted by rpfields to Media & Arts at 10:47 AM - 23 answers

I love the country, but I can't stand the scene

This is not a time to be disengaged from politics. Engaging with politics is making me ill. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by Perodicticus potto to Society & Culture at 10:35 AM - 20 answers

How big a print can I make of a digital drawing?

I've used Procreate to make a number of drawings on my first-gen iPad Pro (using the "screen size" setting of 2,038 x 2,732), and I'd like to print tests of several of them in a large format (local commercial print shop offers 4' x 3'). [more inside]
posted by the sobsister to Media & Arts at 7:11 AM - 7 answers

What's a good cute/punny name for an animatronic bird.

Can you help me come up with a name for my animatronic bird? I'm working on making my own animatronic bird, based on the birds in the Enchanted Tiki Room in Disney(World/Land). Those birds are named José, Michael, Pierre and Fritz. And I'd like a cute/punny/Disney name for this first prototype. [more inside]
posted by BleuLlama to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 7:07 AM - 14 answers

Teach me how to teach

I just got a teaching fellowship at the philosophy department of a prestigious university, for a semester. I finished my undergraduate degree in philosophy five years ago and haven't really engaged seriously with the discipline since, apart from reading for pleasure on philosophical topics I enjoy and that too not all that mindfully. I am terrified of facing a classroom full of clever and high-achieving young people and exposing myself as a fraud. Please help me? [more inside]
posted by norwegianleather to Work & Money at 6:06 AM - 12 answers